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Bumble Bee: Bombus terricola or  B. pensylvanicus? - Bombus terricola

Bumble Bee: Bombus terricola or B. pensylvanicus? - Bombus terricola
near Armstrong Creek, Forest County, Wisconsin, USA
July 18, 2012
Three people took a series of photos at 1:38-1:40pm that July day. There were three species of butterflies and a Bumble Bee on this Common Milkweed plant's flowers at the same time, but I cropped the photos because I am wondering if anyone can accurately identify the Bumble Bee. I think this is either Bombus terricola or B. pensylvanicus, but perhaps it is impossible to know for sure from these photos. A local bee expert suggested I post the photos here and see if anyone can help. I have included three photos of the same individual bee on the same plant, but unfortunately I have no photo of the bee's face. Any help (even if only to say we'll never be able to get an ID from these photos) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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